An honorary doctorate is the latest accolade to be added to a therapist’s list.
Dr Bryony Simpson MBE, deputy medical director and speech and language therapist at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, received the award from Leeds Beckett University during a graduation ceremony.
It comes a month after she travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE. Both achievements recognise her commitment to speech and language services.
Bryony said: “This award means a huge amount to me. I have been associated with this university for four decades. I did my masters here in the 1990’s and it’s a huge pleasure to be back.
“Leeds Beckett University holds a very special place in my heart and I can honestly say my time there changed my life. Working with the university as a student educator, examiner, researcher and lecturer has been a privilege and a pleasure.
“This university turns out excellent therapists, not just theoreticians and many have gone on to work in northern Lincolnshire. I continue to work as a therapist one-day a week and the opportunity to transform the lives of others is challenging and rewarding.”
Over the past 35 years Bryony has notched up many achievements - the launch of the North Lincolnshire Communication Strategy in 2013 is one of her proudest moments.
She said: “My career has been such a positive experience and taught me so much. I am hugely grateful to the Trust I work for as it is supportive of all work that improves services for patients and their families.”
Bryony, a married mum-of-three, wants to thank her family who she says have been a constant source of inspiration and have helped to raise awareness of the issues for those with speech, language and swallowing difficulties.
She added: “I will continue to raise awareness with my ultimate aim to help get communication difficulties recognised nationally as a disability.”